Does this sound familiar? You come home from a great trip, drop your bags down and then go and relax on the sofa. Or maybe you pet your cat, or take a shower or have a snack. You might do a variety of things, but I bet you don’t unpack your suitcase!

Your suitcan sit innocently for days, or weeks, exactly where you put it when you first got home.

Over the next few days and weeks, when you need something from your case, you lift the lid and take that one item out. Your toiletries on one day, your favorite jeans the next day. Until finally, the belongings that are left aren’t things you use regularly. Which means your suitcase stays untouched for weeks.

Having a half-unpacked suitcase isn’t the end of the world. However, it doesn’t make you feel good about yourself. Here is a quick checklist to help you unpack in record-breaking time.

  1. Get your kitchen timer and set it for 5 minutes. Every time the timer goes off, set it for another 5 minutes. This keeps you moving fast! It’s a race against the clock.

  2. Make your bed (bonus points if its already made)‎.

  3. Put the contents of your suitcase on the bed so it’s easier to find things.

  4. Take your dirty laundry and put it straight into your washing hamper. Don’t wash anything yet.

  5. Take all your shoes and put them where you usually keep your shoes.

  6. Take your toiletries out and put them in the bathroom.

  7. Find all your clean underwear and put them in your underwear drawer.

  8. Find all your tops and put them away.

  9. Find all your bottoms and put them in their place.

  10. Then you will have a mixture of random items that are seemingly harder to put away. But continue, don’t stop now; you are nearly there! For each one, put it away in its usual place

  11. Now grab your suitcase and put that away too.

  12. Great job! Now you can relax.

Were any of these steps tricky? If they were, then it’s sign your home needs some organizing. For example, if it was hard to put your tops away, it might be that your drawers or wardrobes are full and there is no room for them. Don’t panic! Go here to learn how to declutter.

If your washing hamper is already overflowing, use this as a sign to develop a laundry routine.

Try unpacking your suitcase like this and let me know how it goes!! I bet you can unpack everything in 15 minutes or less.

 

 

 

 

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